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Student Interview – Che’

Student Interview – Che’

We here on the Student scholarship committee are so excited to welcome 9 students this year thanks to *your* donations!
Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce you to some of the students.

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Meed Che’. Che’ has jumped in with both feet and is volunteering, joining multiple slacks and discords to meet people ahead of summer camp, and is always excited to share what new information she has found with her other new-attendees.

Q: If people want to find you online where should they look?
Twitter: [@IAmCheJackson] Linkedin: [chejackson]

Q: Is this your first time going to a hacking or Information Security event?
YES!! I am super excited to be a part of this amazing week!

Q: What are you most looking forward to at Diana Initiative? What about in Las Vegas?
Wow!! I look forward to experiencing so many events and moments at the Diana Initiative and while in Las Vegas. I have already created an agenda with the various talks and workshops I would like to attend to gain knowledge and be exposed to different aspects/paths of information security. I am an extrovert, so of course, I am ready to meet new people and possibly build solid relationships, especially with women. Lastly, I am looking forward to being a part of this extraordinary experience ~ It’s Hackers Summer Camp!

Q: What is the thing you are most hoping to go home with, a memory, an experience, a new skill, knowledge around a specific topic?
With all new experiences in my life, there are always memories to reflect back on. After my Infosec Week experience, I hope I am able to decide what skills and concepts I want to focus on in information security. Right now cloud security, social engineering, and bug bounties really pique my interest; however, I am attending other events and workshops to see if there is anything else that specifically interests me.

Q: What are you studying in school? How do you like it?
I am in graduate school majoring in Cybersecurity and I really enjoy it, hence the 4.0 GPA!! I have learned so much about information security, but I know I am at the tiptop of the iceberg. I am eager to drill down and gain more knowledge.

Q: What is your biggest topic of interests in infosec?
Currently, my biggest topic of interests is Social Engineering

Q: What is your dream career?
My dream career would be working with organizations in the government and healthcare sectors. Because I am a first-generation college student, I am planning to give back to my community by opening technology centers for underrepresented and low-income students to train them in information security fields so they can change the trajectory of their life.

Q: What sparked your interest in infosec?
My interest in infosec was sparked by reading articles about data breaches and various types of malware, but the social engineering aspect is what really hooked me.

 

If you are in government or healthcare perhaps you could spare some time to talk with Che’ about your career or your workplace so she can really find the best place to be when she finishes college.


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Student Interview – Muna

Student Interview – Muna

We here on the Student scholarship committee are so excited to welcome 9 students this year thanks to *your* donations!
Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce you to some of the students.

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As someone currently located in Canada I was psyched to see another Canadian coming to the event, the more the merrier!

My name is Muna and I’m from Toronto, Canada

Q: If people want to find you online where should they look?
You can find me on twitter [@moonsdotcom]

Q: Is this your first time going to a hacking or Information Security event?
I go to a lot of local meetups so this isn’t going to be my first Hacking / Infosec event but it will be my first Infosec conference.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at Diana Initiative? What about in Las Vegas?
I’m most looking forward to the CTF and the soldering Village. I have never soldered before so I am interested in potentially learning a new skill. I am also super excited to participate in the CTF because I find them fun. I have only competed in a couple of CTFs so far but I am looking to compete in more in the future.

I’m also looking forward to participating in Hacker Summer Camp. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get to attend so I am feeling very grateful for getting this opportunity. I wanted to thank the great people at the Diana Initiative as well as everyone who donated to the Diana Initiative scholarship fund for giving me this opportunity.

Q: What is the thing you are most hoping to go home with, a memory, an experience, a new skill, knowledge around a specific topic?
I am hoping to make meaningful connections and friendships with people who are into the same things as me. I am also looking for some guidance in the big world of infosec .

Q: What are you studying in school? How do you like it?
I’m going into my third year of college studying Information Security and I love what I study. I enjoy the challenge that it gives me (even though it’s very stressful at times). Prior to going to school for Information Security, I studied Mental Health studies. Although I loved my mental health major, I did not feel the same challenge that I do now studying Information Security.

Q: What is your biggest topic of interests in infosec?
My current interests include malware analysis and threat hunting. Since I’m still a student there is still a lot that I don’t know but so far, these 2 subjects have stuck with me throughout my studies.

Q: What is your dream job?
I don’t have a specific dream job in mind but I want to find a job where I can educate others on ways that they can help protect themselves as well as their businesses. Education is also very important to me so a job which allows me to continue to educate myself and further better myself would be ideal. I would also love a job with a cool title.

Q: What sparked your interest in infosec?
Since childhood, I have been a paranoid person. My feelings were finally vindicated when the Snowden leak happened. The information from this leak lead me down a YouTube rabbit hole that ended on a Defcon talk. I don’t remember the specific talk but I remember the term Infosec being thrown around. That was when I decided I would look into this “infosec” stuff. I have been hooked ever since.

 

Best of luck to Muna in the CTF, if you know you want to participate and haven’t finished off your team perhaps now is the time to buddy up!


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Student Interview – Chantelle

Student Interview – Chantelle

We here on the Student scholarship committee are so excited to welcome 9 students this year thanks to *your* donations!
Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce you to some of the students.

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We are pleased to introduce you to Chantelle, who might have a #BadgeLife itch…

Q: If people want to find you online where should they look?
Please add me on twitter [@cvrrent] or linkedin [@chan000]

Q: Is this your first time going to a hacking or Information Security event?
This is not my first time going to an infosec event. I’ve been to a couple events in NYC. My very first security event was Summercon 2018 in NYC. A friend from a neighborhood hackerspace sponsored me and I’ve paid it forward ever since. I got two friends from college to join me in attendance this year.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at Diana Initiative? What about in Las Vegas?
I’m looking forward to surrounding myself with the vast community of women no matter the event. I also hope to see some familiar faces and hang out around Vegas.

Q: What is the thing you are most hoping to go home with, a memory, an experience, a new skill, knowledge around a specific topic?
I’m hoping to take home a lot of memories, some badges, and long-term friends in the security field. I’ll definitely make it to the CTF at the Diana Initiative. I hope to learn all I can from the amazing presenters in August

Q: What are you studying in school? How do you like it?
I am studying Computer Science with a minor in Studio Art at the City College of New York. I love the cultural diversity here. The professors here are insanely intelligent and always pushes me to go above and beyond.

Q: What is your biggest topic of interests in infosec?
I’m still trying to figure out what I want to focus on given that I’ll be graduating pretty soon. The ones I have so far are embedded systems and networking.

Q: What is your dream job?
My dream job is filling role on a team with supportive coworkers. A team that knows how to communicate effectively without microaggressions, mansplaining, or cutthroat behaviors (sabotaging, gossiping, etc.). A team that encourages one another to be better than they were before and practices a safe, inclusive environment for women, LGBTQIA folks, and minorities.

Q: What sparked your interest in infosec?
The show Mr. Robot started it all for me. When I found out about the digital after-show and the weekly post called the “Hack Report”, it served as a springboard for me to do research on security concepts used in the weekly episodes. This lead to knowing who contributed to the hacks and, thus, starting attending security events in NYC and here we are 🙂

 

If you are a NYC hacker or are in the mood to discuss your specific career, maybe you can help her discover enough about the breadth of careers and the related to that she can decide her focus by the end of Hacker Summer Camp?


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Student Interview – Huanxin

Student Interview – Huanxin

We here on the Student scholarship committee are so excited to welcome 9 students this year thanks to *your* donations!
Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce you to some of the students.

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I would like to introduce you to Huanxin Ding who can be found [on Linkedin].

When asked what she was looking forward to she let us know that she was very happy to be back in Las Vegas.

At the Diana Initiative, she is looking forward to connecting to more people and looking for full-time positions. (Hopefully the career village this year will help with that.)

She also, as a long-time lover of CTFs, plans to participate in our CTF.
She was so excited there was not just one talk she could say she was most looking forward to, she plans to make sure she does not miss:

  • Base64 is not encryption – a better story for Kubernetes Secrets
  • How to lose a container in 10 minutes
  • Hacking Modern Webapps
  • Web Application Penetration Testing: An Introductory Workshop for Developers and Security Professionals at All Levels
  • Tell Me About Yourself: Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

 

Q: Is this your first time going to a hacking or Information Security event?
Not the first time, but the first one that with so many participants. I have a little experience with CTF contest before.

Q: What is the thing you are most hoping to go home with, a memory, an experience, a new skill, knowledge around a specific topic?
An Experience. It will be fantastic to meet more people and experience conferences.

Q: What are you studying in school? How do you like it?
In general, computer science. Specifically, my program is MSIT – Mobility in Information Networking Institute. I like the courses and practicum we have, which provides me with skill set in software, network & web, and security.

Q: What is your biggest topic of interests in infosec?
Encryption and Decryption or Web security.

Q: Have you ever worked at a security company, full time or intern? Where and how was that experience?
Not yet. Only had experiences in courses and events.

Q: What sparked your interest in infosec?
I feel it is CTF. Trying hard to capture the flag is really interesting and brings me satisfaction when I work it out.

Let’s see how her excitement for the CTF at Diana helps hype up the team she finds!


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Student Interview – billyhaze

Student Interview – billyhaze

We here on the Student scholarship committee are so excited to welcome 9 students this year thanks to *your* donations!
Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce you to some of the students.
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Billy Hazley can be found on twitter [@billyhaze] and LinkedIn as Billy Hazley. Billy would like very much to connect!

Q: Is this your first time going to a hacking or Information Security event?
I am a member of the High Tech Criminal Investigations Association (HTCIA) and attended their international convention in Washington D.C. last summer.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at Diana Initiative? What about in Las Vegas?
I am looking forward to networking with others in Digital Forensics and IT Security the most.
I am also excited to attend the lockpick workshop and Jessica Hyde’s Mobile App Parsing Workshop as well as the AWS Security Workshop

Q: What is the thing you are most hoping to go home with, a memory, an experience, a new skill, knowledge around a specific topic?
Parsing data more efficiently and learning more about the different areas of cybersecurity and ethical hacking

Q: What are you studying in school? How do you like it?
I am studying Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity. I enjoy it very much because there are many methods to securing a network and each day presents a new challenge and puzzle.

Q: What is your biggest topic of interests in infosec?
Securing a network and intrusion detection

Q: Have you ever worked at a security company, full time or intern? Where and how was that experience?
I have interned with a communications group who install and maintain physical security through biometric locks and card access.

Q: What is your dream job?
Working with the department of homeland security

Q: What sparked your interest in infosec?
I have always been intrigued with how operating systems work and when I lost a job after 16 years I decided that the new and expanding field of cybersecurity was where my best opportunities to do something I enjoyed.

 

I hope that you are just as excited to connect and meet with Billy as we are during the conference.


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